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August 27, 1932

Die Anamnese. Psychologie und Praxis der Krankenbefragung.

JAMA. 1932;99(9):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610079030

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This book is much more than a simple manual of history taking. It is introduced by the author with the statement that the art of taking a medical history, which is more difficult to learn than most methods of investigation of the patient, has lost ground with the introduction of so many new methods of examination, and he makes a plea for recognition of its true worth and importance and for proper emphasis on it in both the teaching and the practice of medicine. The author attributes the common neglect of the teaching of history taking in part at least to the fact that there has never been an adequate compilation of current knowledge on this subject, and this book represents his attempt to fill what he regards as a real need. After an introduction which covers the general principles and psychology of history taking the book is divided into

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